DaVinci Battle Scythe

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This is made from Oak and wood scraps; my friends brother managed a flooring manufacturing plant and he gave me a huge car trunk full of cut-offs from their scrap bin. I have used that same stash for little details for years.

This is DaVinci’s Battle Scythe. When I was taking these pictures it occurred to me, I pretty much learned woodworking just to build scale models of DaVinci’s amazing drawings.

I have built more DaVinci inspired things than anything else. So when asked where my ideas come from, not me, all DaVinci to be honest.

DaVinci’s drawing shows this being pulled behind horses along the battlefield cutting mens legs and torsos clean through….. YAY! Lets make a model of it!

I also built a stand that sits upright.

The stand also hangs from the wall which looks pretty cool.

When pulled across the battlefield, (i.e. living room carpet) the wheel drives the cage that spins the massive blades. The cage housing is made from cold-laminate Oak strips.

I figured if these things were never built, he still might build a miniature to test some of his theories, so this is not a scale model of the real thing, but a 1:1 model of what Davinci’s Scale model might look like. Overthinking stuff helps me figure out how to build it.

-- Im so impressed with what people can do, and I wonder how they do it. Thats what keeps me doing it.

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#1 posted 06-07-2020 07:05 PM

That is very cool … and deadly. Great job.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#2 posted 06-07-2020 07:47 PM

Amazing work, again. All those tiny parts are just mind boggling.

But practically speaking, this weapon would be useless in a real life scenario. All one would have to do is take out the horses and the killing machine is dead too. If the weapon could be designed so that it is pushed by a team, rather than pulled, it might work better. Just sayin….........

-- WWBBJ: It is better to be interesting and wrong, than boring and right.

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#3 posted 06-07-2020 07:57 PM

Cool! But a little scary!

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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Bill Huffman

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#4 posted 06-07-2020 08:24 PM

Thanks folks,

I think DaVinci considered the same thing that Brian was talking about, in the same drawing he showed a similar design with a wheeled cutter contraption out in front of a single horse and rider. Seems unwieldy for the horse at any rate. I can’t paste it here, but its not hard to find on the web.

I also read that he did some of these drawing just to get other jobs, or to appease whichever patron he was working for. I’m not a serious Davinci expert.

-- Im so impressed with what people can do, and I wonder how they do it. Thats what keeps me doing it.

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#5 posted 06-07-2020 09:04 PM

hmmmm I need one of these.
looks great Blll,

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#6 posted 06-07-2020 09:23 PM

hey might be great for clearing out looters,they see that thing coming they aint stickin around to see how it works.nice work bill your model work is beyond compare.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#7 posted 06-07-2020 09:48 PM

i would love to see it in action a very nice detailed model GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#8 posted 06-07-2020 10:58 PM

another great drawing come to life -

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#9 posted 06-07-2020 11:10 PM

As usual Bill, amazing work, and as I mentioned once before, very kind of you to share your shop space with Leonardo…
More posts please!

-- Live to putter...putter to live!

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#10 posted 06-07-2020 11:19 PM

Very cool. I went to a DaVinci exhibit a few years ago that focused on his inventions and they had scale working models of many of them. I don’t remember seeing one of these.

Thanks for posting, have a great week.

-- Leafherder

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#11 posted 06-08-2020 12:10 AM

Very nice detail on it. That was a mean machine!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 06-08-2020 01:26 AM

Super cool model.

-- Julian

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#13 posted 06-08-2020 10:33 AM

Great work! Most realistic rendition of his design.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#14 posted 06-08-2020 04:08 PM

That’s one detailed replica of one of my favorite artist/inventors drawings.

I need one for my over grown backyard.

-- James E McIntyre

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#15 posted 06-13-2020 12:44 AM

Beautiful. Love your detail.

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